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June 13: The LGBTQAI+ Literary History of New Orleans with Frank Perez

Join us at the BK House for a riveting conversation with Frank Perez about the LGBTQIA+ influence in our city’s literary history and culture. 

Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments provided.

July 11: Everything’s Coming Up Rose Wine Tasting

Join us for an international tour of Rosés featuring wines from France, Austria, Chile, & Italy + food pairing by Glen Hogh, Chef/Owner of Vega Catering

July 14: Kristin Diable & the City

Join us at the BK House on July 14 at 6pm for an unforgettable evening with New Orleans-based songwriter and artist Kristin Diable! Known for her mesmerizing sound and stunning voice, Kristin’s performance is a can’t-miss event. Come hear the music that NPR acclaims “rolls in like a summer storm and blooms like a Southern magnolia.” We’re thrilled to welcome Kristin and her band, The City, for a night of soulful tunes and timeless melodies. Don’t miss out—see you there!

BK House Summer Camp

Dive into a summer of timeless fun at the BK House Museum’s “Making History: An Arts and Crafts Summer Camp!” Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, this unforgettable summer camp is the perfect place for kids to spark their creativity, make new friends, and have a blast while soaking up the lively spirit of New Orleans.

Why Your Kids Will Love “Making History” Summer Camp:

  • Daily Adventures: Every day’s a new discovery with trips to amazing places like the lively Congo Square, the intriguing Pharmacy Museum, and the legendary Jazz Museum, fueling your child’s imagination.
  • Cool Crafts: Post-adventure, it’s all about getting those hands messy! From making soothing herbal salves to crafting their very own jazz instruments, your kids will create awesome artifacts they’ll be thrilled to show off.
  • Cultural Celebrations: Your child will experience our local culture, savor the art of praline making, and emerge as vibrant storytellers of New Orleans’ culture.
  • Fun-Filled Learning: Our dynamic docents make history a blast, leading kids through activities that spark joy and laughter while they learn and create.
  • Lasting Memories: They’ll capture all the fun moments in a special time traveler’s notebook, making every page a treasure trove of their summer adventures.

Set in the historic BK House Museum, this camp is more than just a summer activity; it’s a passport to the past where every day is a joyous celebration of New Orleans’ heritage.

Spaces Fill Up Fast! Get in on the fun and secure your child’s spot for a summer they’ll never forget. For more information on camp dates, daily activities contact Nia DeCoux at nia@bkhouse.org.

Experience a Summer Camp Like No Other where your kids will laugh, learn, and leap into history! 🎉🎨🎺

Camp Quick Facts:

  • Ages Welcome: 8-12
  • Three Session Offered:
    • Session 1: June 24-28
    • Session 2: July 1-5
    • Session 3: July 15-19
  • Camp Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily
  • Extended Fun:
    • Before Care: Opens at 8:30 AM
    • After Care: Closes at 4:00 PM

PAST PROGRAM: Judith Owen – Jazz By Candlelight Featuring The Gentlemen Callers

BK House is excited to announce an extra special engagement, the second weekend of Jazz Fest, with Judith Owen featuring The Gentlemen Callers!

On Saturday May 4th from 7:30-9 Historic BK House presents Judith Owen – Jazz By Candlelight featuring the Gentlemen Callers. Delightful, daring, insightful, and fun: these are just some of the many adjectives that could be used to describe Judith Owen’s charming and seductive musical style.

She will joined by her backing band The Gentlemen Callers for what will be a memorable performance in the Historic BK House Grand Salon.

Tickets are $40 for VIP seating (very limited) and $30 for general admission. Doors at 7pm, show starts 7:30 There will be a cash bar provided by BK House.

PAST PROGRAM: 2024 Rhythm & Roses Concert Series

Back by popular demand, the Historic BK House & Gardens is delighted to welcome back Rhythm & Roses to the Parterre Garden on Ursulines at Chartres Street. Concerts will commence on Thursday, March 14, with Amanda Shaw kicking off festivities, and will end, Thursday, May 2, with a rousing close by Marcia Ball.

Performances will take place from 6-9 pm; gates to the beautifully manicured garden will open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $30 for nonmembers and $25 for BK members. Beverages will be available for purchase on site to benefit the ongoing garden maintenance and restoration.

For tickets, visit here: TICKETS

Special multiple concert package offered to BK House members. (Email us for special member package info!)

Amanda Shaw – March 14
New Orleans Nightcrawlers – March 21
Erica Falls – March 28
The Rumble – April 4
James Andrews – April 18
George Porter Trio – April 25
Marcia Ball – May 2

Concert-goers are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets due to anticipated popularity of the event and size of the historic setting. Limited seating will be provided; however, attendees may bring small chairs provided space allows. Outside beverages will not be permitted.

The exciting series is sponsored by BK House neighbor and benefactor James Douglas Hislop. 

Promotional support provided by OffBeat Magazine.

PAST PROGRAM: St. Joseph’s Day Altar Returns in 2024

St. Joseph’s Day Altar Returns

The Historic BK House & Gardens honors St. Joseph’s Day with an altar every year. Join us in marking this sacred Sicilian tradition, which has been celebrated in the French Quarter since Sicilian immigrants began arriving in the city in the late 19th century.

The altar will open on Monday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 20 from 10 AM – 4 PM. The public will be invited to visit and learn more about this important tradition.

To Contribute to the BK House St. Joseph’s Altar contact Joseph at joseph@bkhouse.org Contributions from the community are cherished and appreciated!

PAST PROGRAM: Cin Cin! Wines of Sicily

On Sunday, March 17, BK House will host Cin Cin! featuring five wines from Sicily, curated by Grand Krewe – Fine Wine & Spirits. Sommelier Wes Kohler-Bergene will lead participants through a tasting of selected varietals paired with dishes specially created by Messina’s Catering.  The Glow Worm Trio (Guitar, Violin, Mandolin) will be performing Italian American music in the courtyard.  Tickets are $45 for BK Members and $50 for non-members. Doors will open at 5:30 and the event is 6-8pm. While not officially blessed and open for viewing, attendees will have the opportunity to preview the uniquely Sicilian St. Joseph’s Altar at the event.

PAST PROGRAM: Haiti-Louisiana: Tides of Freedom

Background: The BK House owes its existence to Haiti and the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). As the enslaved population in Saint-Domingue rebelled for freedom, numerous families, especially wealthy slaveholders, sought refuge in Louisiana. Notably, Joseph LeCarpintier, fled Haiti and became an auctioneer deeply involved in New Orleans’ slave trade. In 1825, he commissioned the BK House’s construction. The House was designed by another Haitian migrant, architect Francois Correjolles. The Haitian Revolution prompted several thousand people, both free and enslaved, to move to Louisiana, forging a lasting connection between these two places. 

The Exhibit: The Nous Foundation, the Historic BK House & Gardens, and Max Jean-Louis are thrilled to co-present their original exhibition, Haiti-Louisiana: Tides of Freedom, which will be on display from January 12 to March 17, 2024, at the Historic BK House & Gardens.

This groundbreaking exhibition features two collections: 41 works from the Jacques Bartoli Collection of contemporary Haitian art (30 paintings and 11 beaded flags), previously presented at UNESCO in Paris and making its debut in Louisiana, and 36 original paintings and photographs by eight Haitian and Louisianan artists commissioned for the occasion by Haitian-born curator Max Jean-Louis.  

This exhibition aims to commemorate Haiti’s 220th anniversary of independence and celebrate the deep-rooted connection between Haiti and Louisiana.

The Team:
Curator: Max Jean-Louis
Co-Curators: Annie Irvin, Scott Tilton, Rudy Bazenet, Joseph Makkos, Jane Hill
Graphic Designer: Katya Vaz
Host Committee: Sandra Dartus, Denise Frazier, Régine René Labrousse, Jacqueline Simon, Nathalie Simon

PAST PROGRAM: A charming evening of Jazz with Cyrille Aimée

On Sunday, February 25, acclaimed French Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée will perform in concert with guitar accompaniment Historic BK House & Gardens. Described by a New York Times music reviewer as “a blend of Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughan, the saucy singer was nominated for a Grammy in 2019 for her recording of Sondheim’s “Marry Me A Little”. The concert begins at 6 pm; doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members and are available HERE Light refreshments will be served but guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages of choice, openers, and extra cups.

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